March 29, 2016, 6 to 7 pm at Star Line Books, 1467 Market St, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Previously published in the weekly avocet
Greater Sandhill Cranes
Greater Sandhill Cranes are sojourners in Tennessee, caught between summer nests in Wisconsin and wintering grounds in Florida. Their rattling call is a trumpet in the skies. They gather at their staging area near Birchwood and call me to watch flights and arrivals. My friends and I watch the red headed dancers proclaim a restless domain on the shore, gray wings jostling like nervous shoppers on Black Friday. Cold air bites my nose and cheeks, sends needles through my gloves. Warm air and tang of Barbeque revive me at the program hall.
Cranes line windy shore
Lift and call across cold water
Homeward then we fly
Published in The Avocet
I just received news that two of my free verse poems will appear in the Spring issue of The Avocet, which will be out in late April. I also have a haiban in the current issue of The Weekly Avocet. Haiban are an interesting form, beginning with a prose passage and ending with a haiku. I find it surprising that I have just published a haiban while my previous posting on Goodreads author's blog included information about Narrow Road to the Interior, the work in which Matsuo Basho (1644 to 1694) formalized and popularized this form. Selections from Narrow Road to the Interior appear in collections of essays as well as collections of poetry.